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'Knocking down toddler destroyed my life,' cyclist claims

Published 25/05/2015 | 11:04

The ‘hit & run’ cyclist who knocked down a toddler and dragged her along the pavement has said his life has been “destroyed” since CCTV footage of the incident went viral.

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The life of a cyclist who knocked down a young girl then dragged her 12ft along a pavement has been ‘destroyed’ following the incident, his father has said.

Andrew Holland allegedly cycled off after hitting Lucie Wilding (3) when she stepped out from her front gate in Blackpool in the UK.

The 23-year-old denies hurling abuse at the family, adding that he in fact apologised to the girl’s mother after the incident.

In statements to the media, the family claimed Mr Holland began to ‘hurl abuse’ at them, blaming their daughter for the accident, before fleeing the scene.

The toddler was left with cuts to her face, head, hands and knees after she became caught up in the pedals and was dragged along the pavement.

However, Mr Holland denied this version of events, saying that he had fallen off his bike and was in shock.

He said the insinuation that he was a ‘dangerous hit-and-run cyclist’ had destroyed his life.

He told the Daily Mail he had been cycling on the pavement because the roads were busy with school traffic, adding: ‘I didn’t know it was illegal. I usually use cycle paths or the roads.

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